I’m quite surprised Airbnb hosts only need 10 reservations to become an Airbnb superhost.
I’m renting out several apartments and rooms full time. Last year I had 500-600 Airbnb bookings and I’m putting all my time and energy into this. With this amount of work and with so many different people arriving under all kind of circumstances it’s nearly impossible to meet Airbnbs requirements for becoming a super host. For example, the likeliness of something extraordinary coming up and the need for having to cancel a reservation is much bigger when you have 500-600 bookings a year versus renting only a few times a year. And no matter how many listings or guests you have, only one cancellation will ruin the chance for becoming a super host.
Some of my competitors in the area rent out their space only a few times a year, maybe 15-20 times. They are now being rewarded for being “dedicated super hosts” as Airbnb describe it, and they enjoy travel coupons, PRIORITY support, badges and product exclusives. A host like me on the other hand, who accepts 500-600 Airbnb bookings a year, is in the Airbnb system categorized as less dedicated and not eligible to enjoy extra support and product exclusives.
The competition in the area is fierce, and small things like this can mean more or fewer bookings, and Airbnb is giving me a clear disadvantage over my much less active competitors.
I’ve mentioned this a few times, but Airbnb really seem to ignore it.
I think active hosts really should put collective pressure on Airbnb to change this. Anyone other is the same situation?